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17 June 2019

Crêpes, culture and a château

Last week a group of Year 9 French students travelled to France on a cultural trip to take in some of the sights and sounds of the City of Lights and to immerse themselves in the French language. Enjoying the benefits of both city and country life, the students stayed in Lésigny at the Château de la Grande Romaine, 20 miles south of Paris, set in its own grounds. By day, the budding linguists ventured to nearby town Brie-Comte-Robert (French town cheese cousin to Cheddar!) with opportunities to practise their French in the market and directions vocabulary on a town trail. Tours in Paris included walking up to the splendid Sacré-Cœur, the highest point in the city, and taking an artistic view in Montmartre in the buzzing artists’ quarter and sampling crêpes and ice cream and also enjoyed city views from the second floor of La Tour Eiffel and on a river cruise along the Seine with glimpses of the fire-damaged Notre Dame. On a regal note and in the glorious pre-French Revolution days, students were Kings and Queens for the afternoon on an excursion to Louis XIV’s Château de Versailles, enjoying some of the splendours from his art collection and...... more

11 June 2019

Bettine and Jamie's Success on the High Seas (beyond the classroom!)

Not only has Year 11 student Bettine Harris at The Kings of Wessex Academy been working hard for her GCSE exams this summer; but along with sailing partner Megan Ferguson, she has continued to work on their partnership in the 420 dinghy, training hard in the British Youth Squad and competing around the country. The sailing duo are already accruing accolades for the season and were ranked top ladies in the Winter Sailjuice series, placed fourth overall and were delighted to be presented with their prize on stage at the RYA dinghy show. A pleasing result. This winter, sailing was good preparation for the series of 420 Selection events, consisting of the Inland Championships at Rutland, the Springs at Weymouth and at Easter the week-long RYA Youth Nationals back at Weymouth. Bettine and Megan sailed consistently and achieved selection to the GBR Team, that is set to travel to the 420 World Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal in June and the 420 European championships in Galicia, Spain in July. As well as sailing the 420 dinghy, Bettine is also crewing for her older brother Jamie in the RS200 and they currently hold the Junior National and Inland titles and...... more

10 June 2019

Finlay triumphs in the RS Feva National Championships

This summer, Year 11 student Finlay Oliver at The Kings of Wessex Academy has been balancing his GCSE revision with his sailing skills on the high seas. Finlay (and his helm Quinn Edmonds) were recently placed sixth at the RS Feva National Championships when 94 boats travelled to Abersoch in North Wales. Finlay and Quinn have been training hard over the winter and diligent student Finlay had carefully planned his GCSE preparation to ensure he was ready for both his exams and racing. A total of 12 races were held over the four days at the end of May, in some challenging conditions. Their highest placed finish was a second in one of the qualifying races, placing them in the Gold fleet for the competition racing. After qualifying, the pair were in 11th place overall, working hard over the final two days of the competition to finish in sixth place. Their families and National Squad coaches are very proud of them and they were also delighted with their achievement. There are only six medal places in this competition; hence the silverware is all the more impressive. Next up for Finlay after his GCSE exams and Year 11 celebrations will be the World Championships in...... more

04 June 2019

Year 13 Reach for the Stars

The final day of the last Summer Half Term was especially momentous with another final moment for Year 13 students at The Kings of Wessex Academy as they assembled for what will be their last time all together at school. As S Club 7 sang the boppy number “Reach for the Stars”, students entered the Main Hall for their final assembly together poised at this exciting point in their lives, with new educational, world of work or gap year adventures on the horizon. For many this was the culmination of their time in the Cheddar Valley educational system and five years at Kings during which time they have formed lasting friendships and strived for academic success. Head of Sixth Form Miss Rachel Hopwood was proud she had known the students for her five years at Kings and hoped the Christian values of the school would guide them throughout life. Reading students’ UCAS references had been a task, but it had given her a wonderful insight into the students’ many achievements - both in and beyond the classroom. Tutors shared fond memories of their tutor groups students. Prizes were awarded for some unique categories, including which student attended the most assemblies...... more

28 May 2019

Ascension Day at Kings

On the final Thursday of the last term, there was music in the air in Cheddar, as the words of “Hail the Day that sees him rise” resounded around the village down from the church tower. The hymn was part of The Kings of Wessex Academy’s Ascension Day service held forty days after Easter at St Andrew's Church in Cheddar to mark Jesus' ascension to heaven following his resurrection. Although a week early this year due to the half term break. Ascension Day is one of the earliest Christian festivals and is a cherished Kings' tradition brought to Cheddar in 1883 by Rev James Coleman of Oriel College Oxford and is thought to be based on the tradition at Magdalen College where scholars ascend the tower on May Day. Years 9 and 13 students were in church for this moving service organised by Christian Leader Elizabeth Alden and Reverends John Angle and Richard Neill led the address on behalf of Reverend Stuart Burns. After Jesus rose again, he said goodbye in the same way that Year 13 students have now completed their time at Kings and have said farewell as they prepare for their next life steps – be it education or other challenges. The Year 9 students watched on as they...... more